Saturday, July 9, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 447

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Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Images are from various days in June, walks with hubby and the dogs. We took a walk at the nearby Hemlock Gorge, and a visit to the York Pa Great Egret and Black-crowned Night Heron rookery. 

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1. June 10th, on this day my hubby and I took a walk at the local Hemlock Gorge, it is part of the Gunpowder State Park. In the summer months I can usually always find a Louisiana Waterthrush on the rocky area of the Gunpowder River. A Common Yellowthroat was fussing at us, as we walked along the trail. Other birds seen and heard, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ovenbird and Eastern Wood Pewee. 





2. The Louisiana Waterthrush can always be found along the Gunpowder River at Hemock Gorge. This bird has what I call the white eyebrow and pink legs.





3. A female Common Yellowthroat Warbler was fussing at us as we walked along the trail. This bird is olive-brown above with a yellow throat.





4. June 12th, our local fire road walk with the grand -dogs to the lake, lots of Canada Geese. Back at home in our yard, is the female and male Eastern Bluebird and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the feeder.





5. June 14th, backyard blooms, a Fritillary Butterfly with a Bumble Bee in the Bee Balm and the Fritillary Butterfly on the Lantana. 






6. June 15th, the following photos are from a visit to the York Pa rookery. Great Egrets and the Black-crowned Night Herons. We saw lots of Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, Mallard Ducks and Canada Geese. 





7. A Great Egret nest high in the pine tree.  





8. Another pair of Great Egrets on their nest. 




9.  Adult Black-crowned Night Heron near their nest. 




10. A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron near the nest. 




11.  The Great Egret chicks seemed to be different ages, some looking much younger than others. 




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129 comments:

  1. Your photos of egrets are especially wonderful! I love the ones with open beaks, and also I love the chick. Have a great week, and thanks for hosting.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  2. The egrets in the tree and the chicks are the stars of this wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  3. Lovely wee egrets, those fluffy fine feathers are stunning.

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    1. Thank you Jean! The egret chicks are adorable.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  4. Beautiful landscape and birds too! Lovely photos of the flowers from your backyard with the butterflies. The Egret nest is fascinating. I would have never guesses that they nest so high. Thanks so much for sharing and hosting. Have a lovely weekend!

    -Soma

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    1. Thank you Soma! It is amazing to see these big birds nesting high in the tree tops.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  5. Eileen I love seeing the young of any bird species and those it is a wonder how the birds in the Heron family manage to nest in the branches of trees so well. That Waterthrush bird is a lovely little bird and I would love to see it in action. Thanks for sharing all your photographs and I hope you have a good week ahead. I am still away and very busy.

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    1. Thank you Margaret! The Waterthrush are fun to watch.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  6. Hello. Great collection of birds you saw! The photos of the Great egrets are absolutely wonderful.
    Thank you.

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    1. Hello Anu,
      Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  7. That is a beautiful butterfly. Great shots of the Great Egrets high up on the tree against the blue sky. Thank you, Eileen for hosting. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  8. The Louisiana Waterthrush is a nice discovery for me. The Egrets always a cute view. Love the butterflies too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend and sunny days to you!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! We are having a rainy day today, no sunshine here :(
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  9. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful photos of birds and flowers! The Egrets are very pretty. The Bee Balm attracts many insects.
    Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit! I am very happy with the Bee Balm!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  10. So many interesting shots. Love the biodiversity there.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  11. Hi Eileen,
    What a beautiful series of photos and collages you show.
    Photo 7 is my favorite.
    Would you mind posting my link?
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma! I liked that Egret photo too. Sometimes I get lucky taking the bird photos.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  12. Dearest Eileen,
    these are again wonderful photos of birds, other animals in nature and your granddogs! <3 I'm particularly excited about the close-ups of the young great egrets in the nest - how could you manage that? Sensational!
    Have a nice weekend and all the best,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/07/mallorca-reisebericht-teil-1-tag-1-bis.html

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    1. Thank you Traude! My camera has great zoom, for the bird closeups.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  13. Hi Eileen. It must be fun to watch the Great Egrets on their nest. They are so huge it really fills the tree. Thr tree is full of them. They really ocupy it. The Black-crowned Night Heron I have seen. In Costa Rica. I probably have a few shots if I look for them.
    The warblers and butterflies are very sweet too.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you Monica! I was surprised how many egret nests were in these trees.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you Marianne!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  15. ...#10 is FABULOUS! Thanks for hosting the party, Eileen. Take care!

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    1. Thank you Tom!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  16. Louisiana Waterthrush is a species that has eluded me in North America. I have seen this bird several times in Costa Rica, but never north of the Mexican border.

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    1. Thank you David! I am lucky to see the Louisiana Waterthrush here in the breeding season.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  18. I love the waterthrush best! What a find. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  19. Tão lindo o lugar e as fotos, mosaicos tão bem escolhidos!Adorei! beijos, tudo de bom, ótimo fim de semana! chica

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    1. Thanks so much Chica! Have a happy weekend!

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  20. Great bird photos, and I love the butterflies!

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    1. Thank you Lea! Have a great day and happy weekend.

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  21. Gostei bastante destas colagens de fotografias.
    Um abraço e tenha um bom fim-de-semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    Livros-Autografados

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  22. The great egret pictures are my favorite…the adults and babies.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I enjoyed visiting this rookery, we go every year. Have a great weekend.

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  23. Love that last shot of the ball of fluff, Eileen. Those egrets are so majestic looking and the heron looks small compared to the Greats we have here. Love how eager the pups always look! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Marie! The egrets chicks are adorable. Have a great weekend.

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  24. Hello Eileen and thanks for taking me on another of your inspiring walks. The egrets are especially wonderful – the ones with their open beaks and also the tiny chick that has a long way to go yet. Have a lovely weekend and a splendid week ahead and thanks for hosting us all.

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    1. Thanks Phil! The little ones seem to grow up fast. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  25. the egret photos would be perfect art printed on 16x20 canvas hanging on my walls. they are all awesome shots. the butterflies I actulaly said oh Wow out loud when it came up. all of your photos of birds today are fantastic.

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    1. Thank you Sandra! The Egrets were beautiful to see in person. Take care, enjoy your day and weekend.

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  26. Lovely shots, Eileen. Those egrets are magnificent!

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    1. Thank you Nick! The Egrets are beautiful. Have a great day!

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  27. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen! Have a great new week.

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    1. Thanks again Nick! Take care, have a happy new week!

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  28. The Great Egrets are so beautiful! You took great pictures, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Angie! Take care, have a great weekend.

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  29. Different from the impression from “gunpowder”, Gunpowder State Park looks so peaceful and comforting with full of wildlife. Large beak of Egret is always impressive. I always wonder Heron or Egret, which has bigger beak.

    Yoko


    Yoko

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    1. Hello Yoko, thank you for the comment and visit. The Egret has a longer beak and the herons in the photos are short.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  30. Number 7 is my favorite. What a great capture!!!

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    1. Thank you Karen!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  31. I'm always amazed at how fragile and crude great egret nests are.

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    1. Thank you Red! Their nests do look fragile.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  32. WoW!! what a wonderful post today...awesome captures of the egrets. i have seen so few "babies"/chicks this year and almost zero butterflies. with that said, i have not been on many walks in the wild!! but my yard usually attracts many more butterflies!! have a great weekend eileen, and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! You are lucky to see so many butterflies in your yard.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  33. So many great mages, Eileen. I really like that Waterthrush.

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    1. Thank you RedPat!
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  34. Hello Eileen,:=) What an amazing post this is, ...so many enjoyable images, but the close ups of the Great egrets in their nest high up in the pine tree with the blue sky and greenery of the pine tree almost bring them to life. They are stupendous captures and the baby egrets in different stages of development are really cute.Your back yard images of the Blue bird, butterflies, flowers, and your Grand-dogs just sitting, taking in all that surrounds them, are all lovely. The Warbler, and Water-thrush,geese. and ducklings, and more besides, which I can't remember now were all most pleasurable.
    Thank you for hosting Eileen, and have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia! It does seem weird these tall birds nest so high up in the pine trees. I appreciate your comment and link today. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  35. I love that last picture..no critters this week..Enjoy your weekend..

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    1. Thanks Missy, for the visit and comment. Enjoy your weekend!

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  36. The Great Egrets are such beautiful birds with their frilly feathers. Love the night Heron too. The butterflies lit on some colorful flowers to show off their summer colors! All really gorgeous photos!

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    1. Thank you Diane! The egrets are lovely.
      Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  37. Another beautiful post and pics. Great photography, specially egrets photos.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit. Have a great day and happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Klara! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  39. I love all the photos - The egret ones are really amazing!! Not much to see around our place right now, but I have 4 hungry hummingbirds and 3 fawns that I'm seeing a lot of out my window. 🥰

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    1. Thank you Kim! I have been watching the hummers at my feeders, they seem very hungry. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  40. The great egret and the night crowned heron are spectacular!!
    Thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Alan! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  41. Well, I was already to "vote" for the warbler and then I saw those magnificent egrets with their mouths open -- and the chick! Big huge sigh!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! The Egrets are beautiful to see. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  42. The Great Egrets are out of this world, love them Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob! I love the Egrets too. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  43. Hi Eileen
    I loved seeing the beautiful Eastern Bluebird and the elegant egrets in your photos, along with all the other pretty birds. This summer magpies are the predominant bird that I've been seeing in my backyard. They seems to be chasing the other birds away!
    Saturdays are always very busy for me and I often don't get online until the evening, so I'm sorry to connect so late, but I wanted to show the cute chipmunk we saw on a train trip.

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    1. Thank you Pat! I appreciate the link and comment. I think the Magpies are pretty birds. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  44. The great collection! The egrets are magnificent!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  45. A fabulous collection of critters. love the yellow throated warbler and the bluebird.

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    1. Thank you Diane! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  46. What a fruitful week of bird sightings. I always enjoy rookeries!!
    Thank you for choosing to participate at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Anni! I do enjoy the rookeries. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  47. Hello Eileen,
    What a nice post. Fantastic pictures. The egrests atreso nice.
    Funny to see them all 'singing' on shot 7.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  48. I just saw Common Yellowthroat Warbler at backyard.... beautiful bird.

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    1. Thank you Tanza! It is great to see the warblers in your yard. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  49. As usual, beautiful captures from the trails and nature walks! The Great Egrets look amazing in their white feathers, especially the chicks that look funny in spikes. Have a nice weekend

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    1. Thank you Jeevan! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  50. That was an exciting visit to the rookery. You obtained wonderful images of the nestlings. I was hoping to see a Louisiana Waterthrush near our new Connecticut home, but only heard a Northern. Nice depiction of the important distinguishing field marks.

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    1. Thank you Ken! I did enjoy visiting the rookery. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  51. What cute Egret chicks in your last photo! Great find. The fluffy disheveled feathers are an adorable look!

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    1. Thank you Maria! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  53. Beautiful photos Eileen. I like the Louisiana Waterthrush . Thank you for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thank you Caroline! Take care, enjoy your day and happy new week ahead.

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  54. Wow! Love your Great Egret and Heron photos. It always amazes me the variety of birds you find. Thank you for always checking out my blog posts. Means a lot to me.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne! I appreciate your visits and comments too. Have a great new week!

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  55. Hello Eileen
    What a fabulous post this is.
    So many wonderful photographs, we were really spoilt for choice.
    Thank you.

    Have a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  56. I do so enjoy your knowledge of birds, Eileen. Hope your new week is a good one!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  57. Loved the photos of the egrets. And the flowers too.

    Happy Monday, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Veronica! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  58. Truly wonderful sights and images. The Egrets are spectacular.

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    1. Thank you Mersad! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  59. The Louisiana Waterthrush is interesting name... and beautiful bird...
    great captured

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for the comment. Take care, wish you a great week ahead.

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  60. I loved this Eileen! I always think I should save your posts for ID purposes -- I wouldn't have known about the Louisiana Water Thrush. It's always so fun to see those big old Egrets perched in the tree branches -- they often don't look like the could support a nest let alone the parent birds. But they always do -- I guess the birds know what they're doing ! (Of course.) Thanks for sharing. Wonderful walks.

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    1. Thank you Sallie! The Egrets nest do not look very sturdy, I guess they know what they are doing.
      The Louisiana Waterthrush are usually seen around streams, almost like a dipper. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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    1. Hello,
      Thank you for linking up your post. Your Dog is adorable. I appreciate the comment too. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  62. Siempre es maravilloso venir por aquí, hay mucho para ver, todo precioso. Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Teresa! Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  63. Dearest Eileen; Wow, great shots of birdies at Gorge♬ I love the younger looking Great Egret; so lovely. Wish to be able to see more birdies on the big tree in front of my house. I always enjoy your sweet captures of them; Although I am not sure if I post about the horsefly I saw today peaching the fence of my house later or not. Haha, I never thought it was a dangerous one -p;) Lots of love, Miyako

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    1. Thank you Miyako! I appreciate your visit and comment. I am sure there are some birds in your trees. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  64. Marveous photos Eileen, thanks again and happy week and weekend to you ;)

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